10 Things to Do on Île Saint-Louis

The Île Saint-Louis is one of two naturally formed islands in Paris, France. It is connected to the mainland of Paris as well as the neighboring Île de la Cité by several bridges – some of which allow cars and others are only for pedestrians. The island holds 4,453 inhabitants and is part of the 4th arrondissement of Paris.

Île Saint-Louis is known for its picturesque views of Parisian apartment buildings over the Seine river, and its generally quiet, small town atmosphere. For this reason it’s considered a very desirable place to live in Paris.

Things to Do on Île Saint-Louis

Here are some ideas for things to do on Île Saint-Louis!

1. Berthillon Glacier

Get some ice cream at one of Paris’ most celebrated ice cream shops while on Île Saint-Louis.

Berthillon Glacier, Île Saint-Louis, Paris

2. Have a meal at Café Saint-Régis

This restaurant could be mistaken for an early 19th century restaurant! It’s a great way to experience the old world charm of Paris. You could go here for breakfast or lunch and thoroughly enjoy it!

Café Saint-Régis, Île Saint-Louis, Paris
Café Saint-Régis, Île Saint-Louis, Paris
Café Saint-Régis, Île Saint-Louis, Paris
Café Saint-Régis, Île Saint-Louis, Paris

3. Cats

If you pay close attention, you may notice the friendly felines that roam the streets of the island!

Cat on Île Saint-Louis, Paris

4. Shop at a local boulangerie

Be sure to visit at least one of the local bakeries for the freshest baguettes on the island!

Boulangerie St. Louis, Île Saint-Louis, Paris
Au Pain Bio, Île Saint-Louis, Paris

5. Shop for Local Gifts

There are several independent stores where you can pick up gifts back home! You can find them by walking down Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île. Here are a few top picks:

  • La Charlotte de l’Isle for tea – 24 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île
  • Librairie Ulysse for books – 26 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île
  • Louise for leather goods – 56 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île

Shopping on Île Saint-Louis, Paris

6. Pick up your flowers

Choose a lovely bouquet from celebrated florist, Patrick Allain at 51 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île.

Patrick Allain Fleuriste, Île Saint-Louis, Paris

7. Spice shopping

Admire the spices of the French capital and pick up some for your kitchen if you enjoy cooking while in Paris!

Epicerie Fin, Île Saint-Louis, Paris

8. Square Barye

Hang out on the island’s small park Square Barye.

9. Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île

Perhaps the easiest way to explore the island is to walk along the famous central street: Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île

Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île

10. Admire the views from the Quais

The Quais offer splendid views of Paris from across the Seine river… Magnifique!

Hope you enjoy your time on the Île Saint-Louis!

What to do on Île Saint-Louis, Paris

December 29, 2018
I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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